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Food, Lies and Videotape is episode seventeen of the third season in this television sitcom on Family Matters. This show was originally aired from ABC on February 7, 1992. It was directed by John Tracy and written by Stephen Langford.

Plot Edit

Urkel enrolls in a home economics course (just because Laura is in the same class), but he soon learns that he's simply not cut out to be a cook. However, Waldo discovers he might just have a hidden culinary talent. Meanwhile, Richie accidentally breaks Carl's video camera.

Synopsis Edit

Steve, Laura, and Waldo are three of the students that have enrolled in the Home Economics classroom. The teacher in the classroom, Miss Steuben, freaks out upon seeing Urkel because she had been his teacher in another class and he had promised her that he would not roll into a class she taught in.

Meanwhile, Carl has purchased a camcorder for him to record his family. Richie gets his hand on it and with Judy, they catch Eddie kissing his girlfriend, Vonda, in the living room, when he's supposed to study. When they are caught, he asks the two about what they're doing. Richie intends to send the tape to America's Yuckiest Home Videos. Humiliated, Vonda leaves Eddie as he tries to chase after her. Soon Richie accidentally breaks the camera.

The first assignment is to bake a loaf of bread. Laura learns from the teacher that she has to time things and set the oven at the right temperature. Waldo surprises the teacher with a baked Turkey and she asked him about the loaf of bread she assigned him to do. He then uncovers it and since he was done, he decided to make the turkey. She is so amazed at how good a cook he is. Over the next few days the teacher even has Waldo cater a special party at her house.

Steve Urkel is so upset at how he did not do well he tries the next day to make up by introducing a new invention of his called Urk-Yeast and when he tries to bake a loaf of bread the oven blows open with all the bread dough pouring out of the oven and making a big mess all over the floor.

Cassie Lynn refuses to accept that she can't rely on her looks and be a cover girl all the time. Miss Steuben admonishes her for not trying at all and tells her off that if she wants a passing grade in Home Ec., Cassie Lynn must learn to cook like everyone else by getting her hands dirty. She proves her point by taking off Cassie Lynn's gloves and putting an uncooked dough in her hands, much to the latter's disgust.

With Rachel's help, Richie confesses to the whole thing. Though he is pleased that Richie has confessed, Carl must also deal with Eddie's studying skills (or lack thereof) after he watches a recording of him kissing his girlfriend, Vonda.

Urkel apologizes for what he did. When Miss Steuben claims she deserves an F and plans to quit teaching, he snaps her out of it. Steve points out it was because of her that he, Laura and Waldo learned valuable lessons. He mentions to Miss Steuben that he accepted that he wasn't cut out as a cook, but he didn't stop trying new things. Laura learned how to properly make her meals and not rush through them like she's in a hurry. Waldo learned he has an ability as a chef and not only he has honed in on it, he also has respect for himself and others through Miss Steuben.

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Trivia Edit

  • In perhaps one of the longest-running subplots on the series (second only to the romantic triangle between Steve, his alter egos, Laura, and Myra), Waldo starts down the path to becoming a chef. His culinary aspirations would become a recurring subplot, transforming his character from a wannabe thug to a more likeable character with career ambition.

Quotes Edit

Urkel: Come on, yeast! Rise! You can do it!
Ms. Steuben: Steve, it's not a good sign when you have to give your bread a pep talk.

[On the phone]
Laura: Steve, I can't talk now. I'm cooking breakfast. No, you're not invited. It's just for the family... Steve... stop begging.

Carl: This baby has a remote. I'll be in all the videos.
Estelle "Mother": Then, you'll need a wide-angle lense.
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